Marion, VA -- Song of the Mountains will present the SteelDrivers at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, August 4th. Also on the show will be LeRoy Troy with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band along with the band My New Favorites and Travis Frye and Blue Mountain.
Nashville, Tennessee is a nexus – a point where tradition and innovation intersect, where commerce collides with art. It may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvan Park bungalows. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass music roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band embodies the spirit of the classic days of country music with their influences leaning heavy on the sounds of Uncle Dave Macon, Stringbean or Roy Acuff with his Smoky Mountain Boys. They all hail from the pastoral hills and hollers of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitley, Bill Carlisle, Jack Greene, Lonzo & Oscar just to name a FEW! Great music and lots of fun on stage!
Here’s the recipe for the Americana group, My New Favorites: Take a pound of songwriting. Add a cup of fiddle. Stir in a piano with dashes of accordion. Chop with rhythm guitar and slice with banjo. Roll out on top of a big bass sound. Garnish with southern vocals and spicy harmonies. Cook until hot, hot, hot. With their strong songwriting, singing and storytelling, the band has been busy entertaining at festivals and concerts throughout the mountain south.
Travis Frye and Blue Mountain is a multi-generational bluegrass band that honors the Appalachian roots of the music while adding a modern twist. With members spanning the foothills and Piedmont of North
Carolina from Mount Airy to Denton, the band incorporates spirited fiddle and banjo tunes along with modern selections from country, bluegrass, and gospel traditions, as well as original material. The
band has performed on historic live radio shows such as The Merry-Go-Round in Mount Airy and the Rex Theater in Galax, Virginia.
Tickets for the Saturday, August 4th concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia are $25 reserved. Tickets may be purchased at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office in Marion, VA or online at www.songofthemountains.org. The concert begins at 7:00 pm. For information or tickets by phone call 276-783-6093.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by, Mountain States Health Alliance www.msha.com, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN, TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion and Emory & Henry College. Special support from Marion, and Smyth County, VA.
Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series. Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization. Donations are accepted at the website as well.